Welcome to LIPdata.ca, the Local Immigration Partnership data portal, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Whether you are affiliated with a local, regional, remote, rural, or zonal immigration partnership, we call them Local Immigration Partnerships or LIPs. The resources provided on this website are available for anyone to use, no matter where they are located in Canada.
This site hosts performance measurement data for Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs). It includes an interactive reporting dashboard and regional home pages with local data and information for each region’s LIPs. It provides information about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. This is because each indicator graph on the dashboard is linked to one or more SDGs and some of their targets. The national LIPs Network CDP Initiative is also profiled. This collaboration with the Community Data Program (CDP) enables all LIPs in Canada to access additional immigration data acquired by the CDP.
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What is a LIP?
Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) in all their forms work to improve the successful integration of immigrants in their communities. They convene partners from across key sectors in a city or region. Together, the partners work to strengthen the community’s ability to address the needs of newcomers—and enables them to settle into their new homes. LIPs are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and can be found in over 80 communities across the country.
What is Performance Measurement?
IRCC asked the LIPs in the Prairies and Northern Territories (PNT) to develop a regional performance measurement framework to monitor the outcomes they are achieving in a consistent way. Developed in 2017, the framework uses a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) approach, which measures success in several ways. When taken together, the findings provide various means to report on a LIP’s achievements, to funders as well as the community.
Graphs Showing Population Outcomes
In the RBA framework, LIPs report on population outcomes drawn from federal census data for immigrants in their communities. The indicators chosen by the LIPs in the PNT region were seen as the most relevant for the most LIPs. They are presented as graphs in the dashboard on this site. All dashboard data was ordered from Statistics Canada to align with each LIP’s specific service area, which forms its geographic data boundary.
The dashboard also links each graph to one or more of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specific targets. SDGs seek to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. SDGs will be achieved by promoting inclusive, equitable, safe, and sustainable societies. The SDGs confront issues, identify root problems, and set objectives to leave no one behind as we transform communities and nations into places where everyone can live and prosper.
Data Boundaries, Maps, Fact Sheets, Stories, and More
LIPs may also collect local data and information that is updated more frequently than the census. Where available, local data may enable LIPs to monitor other changes that indicate how newcomers are settling into their communities. Links to this type of information are provided on four separate pages on this site, one for each of IRCC’s administrative regions—the BC-Yukon, PNT, Ontario, and Atlantic regions. These regional pages describe the service areas or geographic data boundaries for each LIP and for each province and territory within the region. A page is also included for what we call the Québec region in order to include provincial data on immigration.
Within the four regions with LIPs, some LIPs have shared local data that measures elements of a LIP’s strategic plan or action plan. Other resources may include maps, fact sheets, research reports, and more. There may also be success stories or links to videos about newcomers in the community, profiled by IRCC through its #ImmigrationMatters initiative. Storytelling is another component of RBA reporting. Links to relevant data and information provided by LIPs can be added to this site on an ongoing basis.
Collective Impact Survey Results
RBA reporting usually includes program impacts that contribute to the broader population goals presented here as indicator graphs in the dashboard. However, LIPs are not direct service providers so there are no program impacts to measure. Instead, as conveners, LIPs can measure their effectiveness as collective impact backbone organizations in supporting this important work in their own community.
Each LIP in the PNT conducts an Annual LIPs Survey of their partners, which begins once their Partnership Council has been active for one full year. A survey was pilot tested in the PNT in 2018/2019 and revamped by a LIPs working group for ongoing use starting in 2019/2020. The survey findings provide important feedback that informs continuous improvement in the approaches taken by each LIP to achieve its goals. All LIPs are welcome to use the survey tools developed in the PNT region.
Access to Additional Immigration Data
Another contributor to performance measurement is the LIPs Network Community Data Program (CDP) Initiative. This collaboration enables all LIPs in Canada to access additional data through an Immigration Data Portal on the Community Data Program website that was created specifically for LIPs. As with the dashboard, key immigration data is available at each LIP’s level of geography—meaning their specific service area or geographic data boundary.
To get the most out of the data and information provided on this site, please see the page on Using this Site.
LIPdata.ca is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The initial dashboard was developed in 2018 in partnership with The City of Calgary. The second-generation dashboard on this site was developed in 2020 in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). It is currently being maintained by CLIP, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership.